A 38-year-old member asked:
how do you treat bronchitis?
5 doctor answers
Dr. Leila Wing answered
13 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends on cause: Bronchitis can be viral or bacterial. Viruses take time to resolve. Bacterial infections can go away on their own, but sometimes needs antibiotics. Depending on your other health history, like smoking and presence of other lung disease like asthma or copd, your doctor may consider treatment of bronchitis.
Answered on Feb 25, 2018
Dr. Mark Avdalovic answered
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Varies: Bronchitis is usually cause by a a virus and the care is supportive. Sometimes we use antibiotics or even inhalers if the patient has asthma or copd. There is one clinical study that supports eating chicken soup to decrease the inflammation.
Answered on Nov 7, 2017
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa answered
21 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends: Depends on the cause: if it is from infection, then antibiotics usually take care of it. If it is viral, then antibiotics won't help. If it is from smoking, then stop smoking. There are a lot of other causes as well, and if this is a recurrent problem, you should see a doctor.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Sue Ferranti answered
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Acute or chronic? : Acute bronchitis is treated with antibiotics, if it is determined to be caused by a bacterial infection, as well as bronchodilator and steroid inhalers. If a viral infection is the etiology, antibiotics are ineffective so the inhalers are prescribed to control symptoms, if needed. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is treated usually with the inhalers and supplemental oxygen, if needed.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017
Dr. Yash Khanna answered
56 years experience Family Medicine
DepentsAcute/Chronic: Depends Acute or Chronic Acute Bronchitis is mainly treated with increased fluids and cough medicine and most of the times gets better within10 to 20 days without the use of Antibiotics which are rarely used for treating this condition Chroniic Bronchitis patients have mucus producing cough most days of month three months/year&treated Smoking cessation Bronchdilators/InhaledSteroids Expecorants
Answered on Oct 10, 2016
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